Safe Zone is the University of South Florida's institutionally recognized LGBTQ+ diversity training program that educates members of our campus community on advocacy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Trans+, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) peers by promoting understanding through educating supportive allies. The training is a three-hour interactive certification on LGBTQ+ identities, inclusive language, and advocacy.
2017 Safe Zone Award Winners
Ally of the Year: Amanda Tritsch
Campus Partner of the Year: Matt Knight
Facilitator of the Year: Wisam Berry
Safe Zone Vision
The vision of the Safe Zone Ally Training program is to foster an atmosphere of support and celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Trans+, and Queer/Questioning individuals within the University of South Florida community.
Safe Zone Mission
The mission of the Safe Zone Ally Training program at the University of South Florida is to identify, educate, and support allies. Allies are individuals within the USF community who consider themselves to be open and knowledgeable about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Trans+, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) issues and who choose to provide support, as well as advocate with those who are LGBTQ+.
What is Safe Zone Ally Training?
Safe Zone Ally Training is a free three-hour interactive certification on LGBTQ+ culture, advocacy, and how to be an ally. Upon completion of the training, you will receive a certificate that can be added to your co-curricular transcript.
What is an ally?
Allies are individuals within the USF community who are supportive of and knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ identities and issues and who want to be a visible support for people of all sexual and gender identities and expressions. People of all identities are welcome to become Safe Zone allies! A Safe Zone ally is represented by the displayed Safe Zone symbol.
What are the benefits of being an ally?
- You gain a deeper understanding of the realities for LGBTQ+ individuals, who make up over 10% of the population.
- You may become less likely to stereotype according to societal roles and expectations, thus making people feel more welcome.
- You may increase your ability to have close and loving relationships with LGBTQ+ individuals.
- You have opportunities to learn from and about identities of people who you interact with even if you don't know their identities.
- You may be the reason an individual finally decides that their life is worth something.
Summer 2017 Safe Zone Training Dates
Staff and Faculty: You can now enroll for Safe Zone Training via GEMS Self Service! Navigation: Main Menu > Self Service > Learning and Developing > Request Training Enrollment. Click Search by Course Name and type a keyword such as safe zone into the field. You will see the training listed. Click View Available Sessions and then click the desired session number to enroll. For help with registration, visit the PDF quick guide or view the short video tutorial (the training registration section is two minutes).